New Jersey rolled out legal weed sales on 4/20, racking up $24 million worth of cannabis sales in its first month after a record-breaking first day when consumers spent $2 million on weed. However, one thing they can’t get their hands on is edibles.
According to New Jersey state law, any cannabis product resembling food can’t be purchased. This strange ruling appears to be influenced by the news regarding cannabis edibles and children, with Jersey lawmakers believing these products could pose a risk for them.
Over the past year, there have been an increased number of reports of children consuming edibles, which often come in alluring, colorful packages, and contain anything from candy to cookies.
Jersey isn’t the first state to try to curb the issue. New York is currently preparing to launch their legal recreational cannabis industry, with laws intended to prevent children from consuming these products. In the state, edible packages will have to avoid cartoons, bright colors, and any types of fonts that may entice children.
Another factor that has influenced the state’s decision is the way in which edibles are made. In order to make legal edibles, commercial kitchens are needed, which require passing the state’s necessary health and safety standards, a system that’s yet to be set up by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC).
Edibles are some of the most popular ways of consuming marijuana, and while they’re a delicious and convenient way to consume weed, they also have a specific set of medical benefits. Edibles are capable of delivering strong therapeutic results, providing plenty of pain relief in ways that inhaled cannabis isn’t normally associated with. Edibles are also a great option for users who don’t want to inhale any smoke or can’t do so because of health concerns.
While the ban on edibles is a curious new turn for legal marijuana, it’s unlikely for Jersey to prohibit them for long. Once the industry finds its footing and customers start getting acquainted with products, lawmakers will likely have to address the issue and make new rules that protect children yet still deliver the products that people want. It will just take more time.